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Abel Tasman OTB Marahau

Marahau, Tasman

Submitted by Dan Boulton

Last Updated: 4th Jun 2024


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Grunt Factor: 24 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.3%


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This is an out and back (OTB) from Marahau to Anchorage. Easy run on well formed path. Not easy to get lost. Just follow the signs to Anchorage. If you are feeling fit you can continue as far north as you want. Note you have to plan tides just north of Anchorage, or take the high tide track.

Amazing Abel Tasman beaches and bush - enough said! I always try and run this at the end of day when the track is not as busy. I often head there after work from Nelson, and can do this run in enough daylight if I am on the track by 6pm in summer. I ran this in mid-March and needed a head torch for the last 20min. This is a run all trail runners must do if you are are in the Nelson/Tasman area. Very accessible. If you prefer to not do the OTB and you have more time, you can get a water taxi to drop you further north and run back to Marahau.

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You can take buses from Nelson, not sure the timing.

1 km

5 minutes





Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Nil, take your own

All season track. Take a rain jacket all year around, as when it rains it can come down heavy!

Park Cafe
Start of track, great for a beer and post run dinner/lunch.

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Kate Annan

Kate Annan

has completed Abel Tasman OTB Marahau twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Did this at sunrise in summer. Magic!

Jon Erickson

June 1, 2022

Great run, recommend it

George Mitchell

November 23, 2021

Epic trail run
No grunty climbs on this run
Just coming back up from anchorage
Nice coffee at the finnish

Paul Dench

August 29, 2020

Anchorage beach is lovely, nice easy running with a bit of a grunt out of Anchorage. We also did an early start & beat most of the tourists. Had to wade the start/end due to cyclone Gita damage. Times seem a bit on the generous side.

Matt Doherty

March 3, 2018

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